Anorak News | Itching For A Fight

Itching For A Fight

by | 17th, June 2004

‘DID anyone else notice how close the English football hooligans arrested on the Algarve last night are to their mums?

‘One riot policeman…two riot policemen…three riot policemen…’

We deduce from this that they are all good boys who were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Their behaviour has nothing to do with a pathetic urge to untie the apron strings, whatever the cost to a Portuguese copper’s face and England’s reputation abroad.

Indeed, these poor lads are the real victims – and today, courtesy of the Telegraph, we learn why.

It seems that more than a million Britons may suffer from what is called “restless leg disorder”.

This ruins their sleep and is manifest in a “creepy-crawly” sensation that can only be alleviated through walking around.

Dr Wayne Hemming, the New York scientist who led the study, says that “restless leg syndrome” is a common cause of sleep disruption and often remains undiagnosed.

Most of the 2,000 British patients studied said they found it hard to sit down and relax and over half claimed that their daily activities were disturbed.

Some had taken to wandering the street of the Algarve at night, their “involuntary leg jerks” causing them to kick people and chairs as they literally itch for a fight…’

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